Friday, July 25 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:23:10 GMT
A sheriff's deputy in training now accused of a nearly year-old deadly hit and run suddenly stopped driving his pick-up truck sometime last year, neighbors say. Hunter Queen, 24, is locked up in the ShelbyMore >>
A sheriff's deputy recruit accused of a hit-and-run accident that happened nearly one year ago, suddenly stopped driving his pick-up truck sometime last year, neighbors say. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:19:19 GMT
(WMC) - A proposal could force drivers to pay for using Interstate 40 in Arkansas. State leaders are considering setting up tolls. The tolls would help fund an I-40 expansion project from West MemphisMore >>
A proposal could force drivers to pay for using Interstate 40 in Arkansas. State leaders are considering setting up tolls.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:08:50 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police crews are responding to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road. Two vehicles and a bus are involved. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation smart map,More >>
Memphis police crews responded to a crash on Interstate 240 near Millbranch Road on Friday afternoon. More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:44:32 GMT
(WMC) – The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years. R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home, located on Vance Avenue, does muchMore >>
The funeral home where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s body was prepared after his assassination is celebrating 100 years.More >>
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -
As military troops come home from overseas, so does some of their equipment.
Now, military vehicles and weapons are going to local police departments creating a national debate.
The Paducah Police Department has a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, or an "MRAP."
"The SWAT team will get on this vehicle when we are going to a high-risk search warrant or a barricaded subject," SWAT Team Assistant Team Leader Chris Baxter said.
If you have seen military footage from Iraq and Afghanistan, this truck may look familiar.
"It's able to take the troops into hostile areas for them military and we are using it here to protect our officers," Captain Mark Roberts said.
Police admit they won't be driving over any land mines, but the truck is an extra layer of protection from gunfire.
"It has no offensive capabilities at all," Roberts said.
"It's extra ballistic protection," SWAT Team Leader Sergeant Joe Hayes said. "It does wonders for our guys."
Some locals say, even so, it doesn't belong in Paducah.
"I would be like ‘Wow, why is the military now invading the city?'" Katrina Lee said.
Amber Duke at the American Civil Liberties Union has similar concerns.
"We are talking about military-grade weapons, weapons of war, that are being used on the streets of our community," Duke said.
"We aren't in a war torn city where there are bombs and uzis and everything going on so it's not needed," Lee said.
That's why the ACLU has launched an investigation into the militarization of local police.
"There's definitely the potential for civil liberties to be eroded," Duke said.
Other local welcome the new equipment.
"The Paducah police department protects us, the military protect the country, and why not?" Peggy Bates said.
Bates said it's a plus that the truck comes to Paducah at no cost to tax-payers. Officers say the price tag on a vehicle like this one would be about a half a million dollars but they got it free of charge through the Defense Logistics Agency.
"Items that the military no longer needs but has deemed to be potentially useful to law enforcement agencies, we are able to obtain at no cost," Captain Roberts said.
The SWAT team has use the truck only once.
"We parked this vehicle between where our team was going to stage at and where the person was. We had information that he had firearms," Baxter said.
Officers say they hope they never have to use it again, but if they do, they'll be glad they have the extra protection.
"I don't want to put someone else in a situation that I wouldn't put myself in and this makes me feel a little better about it, knowing that my guys and my teammates have a little more protection," Baxter said.
The ACLU investigation is ongoing. It's looking into exactly what local police departments are going with the military-style equipment.
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:22:37 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.More >>
Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an...More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:12:23 GMT
(WMC) - A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week. Tonight, one of them remains missing. The other resident is hospitalized. TheMore >>
A Memphis home for the elderly is under scrutiny after two incidents involving residents happened within two days this week.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:49:54 GMT
(WMC) – It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor! Back-to-school haircuts As the kids get closer toMore >>
It's Freebie Friday and WMC Action News 5's Lindsey Brown found a ton of freebies this week from museums, movies, to moves on the dance floor!More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:01:23 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis police took a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy recruit into custody Thursday afternoon at a training academy. Hunter Queen, 24, was booked into jail around 4 p.m., but his charges remainMore >>
Memphis police arrested a deputy recruit at the Shelby County sheriff's training academy Thursday after an investigation revealed he could be the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run. More >>